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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
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459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,008
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 189
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
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Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.
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Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 16 oz. pint at the Alibi Room in Vancouver. Amber with good head retention. Medium white with expected amount of lace. Clear with no visible carbonation. Big grapefruit nose with some caramel malt. Carbonation bite up front, well balanced middle with both citrusy hops and malts playing well with each other. Finish is very bittersweet. Think dark chocolate on the back of the palate. Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. (430 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a vibrant amber glow with moderate haze in the body, and a frothy, cream head that clings to the glass as it dissipates after the initial pour. The lacing isn't quite what I expected, but there's certainly some sticky foam coating the glass as this one goes down.

S - A salvo of tropical fruit hops upfront. Pineapple, mango, sweet oranges, passion fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of cucumber. Sweet caramel malt backbone that compliments the hop profile beautifully. This is everything I want to smell in an IPA. So good.

T - Fruity hops abound in this one. All the fruits from the aroma are here in spades, with juicy pineapple and mango notes upfront, bittering grapefruit and pine, and subtle passion fruit. Malty undertones are just right, giving just the right balance but still showcasing the hop profile perfectly. As much as I know cucumber isn't really a traditional Pacific NW flavor in an IPA, it's undeniably here and works flawlessly with the other flavors. Aftertaste leaves moderate bitterness, with just the right amount of bite. Overall, this is stupidly easy to drink, and I can't picture it being any better.

M - The 6.5% ABV shows up here in the body, helping thicken it up just enough. Medium bodied feel with low carbonation that just prickles the tongue. I will admit, it's slightly oily and could use a touch more carbonation; and I do also get some subtle heat from the aforementioned alcohol content. Really, this is the only weak point of this beer, and even then it's way above average.

D - I really can't ask for a better beer here. This IPA packs everything I want in the style into readily available 6-packs for a more than reasonable price tag. Crafted remarkably in all departments, resulting in an IPA so drinkable that I finished drinking it before I finished the review. I was slightly skeptical this brew would live up to the hype, but it blew my expectations out of the water. It's easy to see now why this is such a revered beer here in Canada. (2,044 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear hazy amber color, almost copper with a pink hue, and floating suspending detritus. Creamy foamy white 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes. Strong legs with some vivid dual speed carbonation activity due to the particles.

Strong aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, fruits, floral and herbal spices. Perfectly intensified having some pleasant orange fruity sweetness and a rich earthy spicy bitter feel.

Slick creamy medium body with some prickly carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with a spicy, slightly dry, bitter clove like feel and pine aftertaste.

Overall : Awesome tasty flavors and balanced intensity. Great freshness while still a little dry, and the spices are just right. Excellent and accessible IPA! (731 characters)

Photo of beersnewb
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wooo.. very good beer. Can see why they drank this during the war though, very filling for myself. Slows you down on those thirsty nights. would highly recommend along with their regular pale ale which is outstanding on tap (224 characters)

Photo of heliosphann
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz Can provided by my MAINe hook-up Casey10. Thanks Brian! Served in a Nonic Pint Glass. No canned on or best-by-date.

A: Finger of nice, dense foam. Fades into a thin layer on top, riddled with different sized bubbled. Pours a pristine looking amber. Lacing is very nice for a IPA, leaving some soapy remains on the glass.

S: Fresh, grassy hops explode with some hints of citrus fruits. A big, sweet malty base balancing things out nicely. The b

T: Like I noted above, the raw resiny hoppiness is balanced perfectly by a solid malty backbone. There is some sweetness, but it's not cloying or overdone. Bitterness is present, but it's very fleeting and mostly on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Great viscosity on this brew. There is a little stickiness, but not much. The ample, but not overabundant carbonation helps make this nice and smooth.

D: This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a sessionable IPA. The 6.5% ABV is never noticeable, the hoppiness and bitterness are there, but they don't abuse the palate.

I've been calling this Furious' little brother, and that's some very high praise. A truly fantastic IPA, from our neighbors up north no less! Do yourself a favor and track down a can (or 12) of this tasty brew. You won't be disappointed! (1,260 characters)

Photo of Mandrake
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, deep orange with a solid bone-white head that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing. Big tropical nose, with mango and orange, notes of pineapple and cold menthol. Awesome. Taste is piney and bitter, with those fruity notes coming through well and a long finish. Crisp and well-carbonated, brilliantly drinkable. Just a fantastic IPA, really well put-together. One of my go-to beers, especially given that it comes in cans and is thus compatible with a day of sailing. (485 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from Vancouver, pours a typical IPA golden, crystal clear, nice finger of head - dies to a thin cover maintained throughout the glass.

Nose is a touch on the light side but bright and fresh, American IPA all the way which is a refreshing thing for my tastebuds and nostrils. Tangerine, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, floral, hints of pine.

This has got to be the best IPA in Canada I've had to date, hands down. Light, sweet caramel is subtly overwhelmed (if that is possible) by floral and citrus hops, a nice, nasty (another paradox?) long hop bite full of pine finishes it off - and yet I don't feel like it was overly rough, a nice polite Canadian hop attack. Balanced and yet hopped up - a beer of paradoxes.

Pretty damn fine, especially when compared to other bottled/canned Canadian options. Were I nearer to Vancouver this would by my go to. In a can makes it even more adaptable, good for wherever whenever. Canadian hop-heads would rejoice if it wasn't for our atrocious distribution system. Kudos to Central City for this. As Bobsy said, were this an American beer the hype would be high - as is, we can be proud of this great Canadian beer. (1,161 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my aunt who lives in Surrey for buying a sixer of this and to my brother for bringing it back for me on a recent trip he did out there. Enjoyed this last night.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange body that's semi-clear with a huge foamy head that lasts quite long and clings to the glass with ease.

Smell: Some definite piney goodness with some citrus and a touch of sweetness at the end. A bit of resin and caramel(?). The aroma is unrelenting and is probably the best feature of this beer. An IPA cannot smell better.

Taste: Not as bitter as i would have thought and that surprised me a little. Still, the taste is solid with some ripe mango, a reserved pine presence and a lip smacking finish. Some rind a little near the end like licking the peel of a lemon or lime and just a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth actually and not at all the hop bomb i thought it would be. It has a sticky, resin-like feel to it but in a good way.

Drinkability: Drinks very easily for sure. So very good and bitterness is low so no impediment there.

Overall: Everything about this brew is controled. I'm a bit torn because it's not the intense hop bomb i expected so i was going to give it a slightly lower mark but i can't really fault it either because it tastes like a well balanced IPA should taste like. I like it a lot and i'm glad i have a few more. (1,392 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a nice dark amber/reddish copper color with a bit of haze...a huge four fingers worth of creamy meringue-like beige head forms and lasts for a long time, some chunks of lacing are left behind...

Nice aroma of strong citrus hops, mainly grapefruit with a nice piny edge to it as well...a decent amount of bready malt adds a bit of balance to a wonderfully hoppy beer...

Taste starts with some aggressive bitter action, very piny and resinous...a few sips in and the brew starts to sweeten a bit, the citrus in the nose comes out a bit with some juicy fruity taste and a decent malt background to slightly balance this beer...but this one is definitely about the hops, and finishes dry and bitter...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation...slightly oily and slick with a very dry lingering finish...

Probably the best IPA I have had from a can...and just overall one of the best American IPAs I have had.Period. (967 characters)

Photo of phatmasterc
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around outstanding beer. Wonderful aroma, with just enough bitterness to get noticed. This is the IPA i judge a lot of others against. It sets the standard very high! Bravo Central City. (193 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Thanks to silentjay who sent this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful hazy, translucent, cloudy sea of orangish-gold beer with a two-finger head that sticks around for a bit before receding down the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Very complex nose that boasts the hops, citrus, and maltiness all at once. You can pick out all the scents so distinctly. Very hoppy, yet bitter and malt-forward taste. The way the citrus fades quickly into the malt profile is very interesting and different. This has a bit of lingering staying power as the bitterness hangs out on the back of your tongue for a good long while. Takes a swallow with an empty mouth to completely expunge the taste. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Great job by the folks north of the boarder. (837 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Julio's on 02.26.2010.

A: Pours a nice copper with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Very nice tan head, leaving loads of lacing as it goes down.

S: Loads of citrus, grassy, and earthy hops atop a slightly-sweet caramel malt base. I had heard this described as "baby Furious" and that actually comes pretty close.

T: Some sweet malt in the background, which balances things out a little bit, but this one is almost entirely hops. Definite earthy and herbal hops with bits of citrus. Hoppy flavors, although it's not terribly bitter.

M: Medium body with a smooth creaminess. Slightly chewy. No alcohol presence.

D: Very, very drinkable. Hopefully we'll see expanded distribution on this one soon. (710 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the funky green can. Seriously looks like a juice or soda can. Pours a crystal clear orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is wonderful west coast ipa pine and citrus love! Not an overpowering scent but lovely. Taste is similar to the aromas with lots of pine and grapefruit up front, but this one does not kill you with the bitterness. A sweet light malt backbone makes it insanely drinkable. Just a wonderful beer and I am stoked it is now available here! (475 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-the pour gives hints of hop haze, mostly clear though, deep orangish amber color with hues of copper shining through. A white head is slightly thin; but nice and fluffy looking. It has decent retention and leaves a thick trail of lace that falls down right behind the head

S-this is big and juicy with tons of tropical fruits in the nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple are strong with a light piney backbone

T-the taste is big and hoppy just like the nose. The is present but very light. Tropical fruits are strong with pineapple, mango towards the middle giving wayto a sweet and bitter grapefruit taste. Notes of herbal hops and grassy notes come in at the back as the bitterness from the grapefruit lingers for a moment

M-extremely creamy with a big medium body, very smooth with a great crisp finish from a well carbonated brew. This is juicy and wet but somehow slightly dry at the finish

D-this goes down so easy, great beer and one of the best IPA's out there. Hop lovers dream that doesn't let up with a great body and feel. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, so I've heard some grumbling about this beer and was excited to give it a try. I actually love that it comes in a can.

We are off to a good start here. Pours with a beautiful creamy off white head with excellent retention and structure. Bright orange amber in color with excellent clarity. Clumps of lacing everywhere. On the last pour from the can some dark floaters went into my glass. They slowly made their way to the bottom of the glass. More than just sediment, which usually mixes into the beer and makes it hazy. These were larger and sank.

Aroma is fantastic and fresh. Huge perfume like hop presence. I think I'm getting more pine resin type aromas along with some grapefruit peel. A whiff of alcohol. Almost reminds me more of a DPA vs. a standard.

Wow, excellent IPA. Living up to the comments I heard. Still feels a little more assertive for a 6.5% ABV, but quite nice. Juicy hop explosion. Lots of fruity esters and a bit of cracker malt breadiness. The hop punch is big/fresh and wonderful.

Body is light, but hops make the mouth feel large! Wonderful.

This is a great IPA and just made my regular purchase list. For a hop head this is fantastic. Great IPA! (1,183 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very nice. brunt orange with an off-white head that holds and leaves rings of lace as the beer disappears. nose hits before i get the glass to my nose. huge wafts of citrus, pineapple, mango, pine, caramel and a hint of biscuit. taste is all of the above in proper three-way bitter/sweet/biscuit harmony. simple, yet defined and three dimensional with a nice, sweet roundness and a hoppy finish that uses the soft carbonation to accentuate it. i love how this beer hits in waves. sweet, then sweet tropical fruit... and biscuit, then sweet-dry in the end when the tingle of earth and pine become evident. medium body that screams to be chewed. simply delicious and goes down way too easily. this will be a regular for me all summer long. (737 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head which fades to leave a small disc of foam. The aroma is fantastic. Smells like pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges.

This beer tastes just like it smells, which is really outstanding. Some sweetness, but bitterness rules the day, and is appreciated greatly by me.

Medium plus bodied, somewhat creamy, easy to drink. A truly outstanding IPA, which I am glad I had a chance to try, while staying in Vancouver. (466 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can into pint glass. From notes.

A- A nice golden bodied beer with some ivory head that is very sticky. Fire-extinguisher lacing. Good times.

S- Piny, powerful hops. Like walking in a pine tree forest after a rain. Great nose on this one, ladies and gents..

T- And the taste is no slouch either. Bitter pine hops. New growth pine, dank and oily, not overly sweet. Not much in the way of malt here, but that's OK. A hint of tangerine/grapefruit in this one too. My tasting notes have "AWESOME" underlined a few times.

M- Dry, not cloyingly sweet or too heavy. Perfection.

D- High. I drink this stuff a lot whenever I can find it. Great price, great packaging, but most importantly- great beer! Do not sleep on this one. One of my favorites. (750 characters)

Photo of chickenm
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the intense smell of citrusy hops, with a touch of sweet honey. This has got to be the best smell of any IPA I've tried so far. The taste is dominated by the hops as well. Grapefruit with a bit of pine. Leaves a bitter aftertase, although the bitterness is not too over the top. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is great stuff, one of the best Canadian beers out there! (500 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can courtesy of H1N1 with a bottled on date of 7/27/10

Enjoyed at Volo
Didn't see a brewed on date but the number stamped on the bottoms was B2310, so perhaps Feb 23rd, 2010?

A -A nice bright orange colour, slightly hazy. Half finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose if bursting with citrus and floral hops. There are hints of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. This is probably the most robust and fresh nose I have ever experienced in an IPA.

T - Bitter hops up front with floral and citrus notes. The hops are bursting with juicy grapefruit and orange flavours and taste so fresh. There is also a nice malt balance providing a sweetness that really rounds out this beer perfectly. Some bitterness lingers in the finish. A well balanced IPA.

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - This ranks right up there with the best IPAs in the world.

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Previous review from 7-31-10 from a can had at Volo in Toronto. Bottled on date of Feb 23, 2010, so this was 5 months old at the time of the review.

4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5 (1,048 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a shimmering orange copper hue with two fingers of sticky white head that retains wonderfully and leaves sheets of lace.

Holy citrus! Strong and syrupy notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light mango and melon, pine resin and herbal hops with a zesty orange twist. Fantastic.

The sweet notes of melon and mango become more pronounced in the taste and mesh beautifully the clean star ruby grapfruit. Piney resin and herbal hops play as more of a backbone while all the sweet stuff goes on and is paired towards the end with a crusty bread finish.

Perfectly balanced, medium bodied, smooth, crisp, lightly creamy, and refreshing. I can't ask for anything more. Tooo easy to drink.

Overall, the best IPA I have had to date, and proud to have it be coming from Canada. Thank god for Premier Wines and Spirits down here in Halifax for carrying such a great selection. I paired this with some Italian gorgonzola and it went great. If you're into IPA's, it's not an option to pass this up. (988 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a creamy and pillowy ivory head. Head fills the glass to the rim and retention is very good. Keeps a thick and full lace and coats the sides of the glass beautifully.

The nose on this beer is just oozing with grapefruity goodness. Incredibly citrusy. It's dank, it's resiny, and smells an awful lot like pot; it's filthy and it's intoxicating.

Taste is also very citrusy, with lots of juicy orange and grapefruit rind. Big grapefruit pith flavor with a correspondingly aggressive bitterness. Very resiny and earthy; doesn't quite have the dank, weed-like quality that the nose did, but that's just fine. It's not lacking in hop flavor by any stretch. Has just a touch of malt sweetness and a bready backbone. The bitterness is aggressive in this beer but it doesn't linger very long on the palate. It's not a bitter bomb, but frankly I prefer it that way.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy and smooth mediunm body. Very slick, oily feel, with good carbonation. It dries out in the finish.

Wow, this is really excellent. Tons of hop flavor, and the nose is just superb. Probably smells more like weed than any IPA I've had, but it's citrusy as hell as well. This is awesome stuff. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Brewsky29
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep orange with an inch of fluffy head that hangs out for the weekend and lacing is excellent.

The beer is very aromatic nice piney and floral with a little bit of malty nose.

The floral and citrus flavor here is fantastic with just enough malt backbone and nice hoppy zip that stays for a little while.

Very smooth and drinkable no boozy feel just right.

Overall I think that this is one of my favorite IPA's if not my favorite. This is a great beer. (475 characters)

Photo of 604growler
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canada finally has a serious contributor to the American IPA style. Thank you Central City Brewing.

The aroma is strong citrus. As soon as you smell it you know you're in for a treat. It's fruity at the front end, and strong hops finish off the back end. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another. The growler is better suited to the beer than the can, but if all you can get is the can, it will only take away a fraction of the enjoyment. (449 characters)

Photo of TonyReaves
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local store randomly got a single six-pack of this in.

Huge, huge fluffy head atop a golden body. Took me 3 pours over 2 minutes to get it all on the glass.

The foam is releasing aromatics you can smell from 3 feet away, and it's fantastic. Reminds me of opening a bag of hop cones.

Holy crap. The hoppiness lurking in this can is phenomenal. Huge citrus notes- grapefruit up front, pine in the finish. Maybe I'm just shocked to be drinking this from such a harmless looking little can, from a brewery I'd never heard of, but this is stunning.

Mouthfeel is a good carbonation with a smooth body- I'd guess flaked barley.

It's strong, but I have to give this high marks for drinkability, considering how fast I finished this. Now I just need my local store to buy more. (777 characters)

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.